It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. Scrivener 3, the first major update to the go-to text app for writers in seven years, is now available. I’ve been using this for several months, and it’s a solid upgrade to one of the most essential tools for writers.
With a refreshed interface, Scrivener 3 also boasts a brand new compile feature (this is the part of the app that exports your projects to various formats). It brings styles, as are common in word processors, making it easier to manage formatting in your projects. Outlining is improved, the Corkboard is enhanced, and statistics are available at a glance. If you currently use Scrivener 2, then it’s a must-have upgrade.
And you’ll probably want some expert guidance when you launch the app. My Take Control of Scrivener 3 ebook is now available so you can make your first steps with the new version of the app with plenty of support. Written with oversight from the Scrivener developers, this is the go-to book for getting the most out of this app.
Learn more about Take Control of Scrivener 3.
Here’s a list of the many new features in Scrivener 3:
- The interface has been overhauled and modernised.
- Compile has been redesigned and is now not only much easier to use but also more flexible.
- The text system now has a full styles system (which is even more powerful when used with the new Compile).
- View index cards on coloured threads based on label colour (great for tracking different storylines or anything else).
- Epub 3 and improved Kindle export have been added.
- Keep track of how much you write each day using Writing Statistics.
- Improved Custom Metadata allows you to add checkboxes, dates and list boxes to the Inspector and outliner.
- Enhanced outlining.
- Corkboard and outliner filtering.
- Refer to up to four documents in the main window using the new “Copyholders” features.
- Quickly find any document in your project using the new Quick Search tool.
- See draft and session progress bars in the toolbar.
- The powerful new Bookmarks feature replaces Project Notes, References and Favorites, and allows you to view oft-needed documents right in the Inspector.
- Use “Dialogue Focus” to pick out all the dialogue in your text.
- Export rich text to MultiMarkdown or Pandoc.
- Broadened support for technical formats via Markdown output and custom post-processing.
- Extensive Touch Bar support added.
- Modernised and rewritten codebase for 64-bit. Scrivener is faster, more stable and ready for the future.
Scrivener 3 costs $45 and is available from the Literature & Latte website. A Mac App Store version will be available soon. Upgrades are available, and a free 30-day download is also available. Scrivener 3 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.